best cuban food, favorite cuban restaurant, best original mojitos, great place, bad customer service, friendly cozy place staff, great prices
I love, love, love it!!. I've been going to Havana Mania since it's inseption and I have to say that as a Cuban the food there is very good. Of course I make it better :-) but over all for a restaurant is very good, considering there's nothing around the Bay Area. I've been to a few unmentionable Cuban restaurants that now have closed their doors and I think after 15 years of business Havana Mania needs to take a bow. Here's to many, many more years of great food! Cheers!
Subpar food, subpar service, ugh..
I am not impressed, in the slightest. I have lived in RB for over 6 years now and have frequented this restaurant a number of times. Most of the time, it's because someone insists. For the life of me, I have no idea why people want to keep coming back. The food used to be good (5 years ago) but everything is either dry or way too garlicky and salty (and, I love garlic).
Take a look at the menu. Almost all of their chicken dishes are exactly the same. The only difference is whatever topping they put on it. How utterly unoriginal and uninspired. I decided to try something different, a ground beef dish (can't remember the name. Must have blocked it out). Gross. Gross looking, gross tasting. It was a beige mess.
The service is lacking. I rarely get a water refill, the waiters keep forgetting orders, sometimes the orders take too long. I don't understand why people love this place. Even there platanos are terrible.
Wishing there was a good cuban place in the So. Bay. This certainly isn't it.
I Got Sick!.
I came with a party of family and friends from the IE on a Saturday (07-17-09). Havana Mania was recommended by family. The place was empty.
We were all excited to try the menu, being a group made up of Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans. It is a rare treat in Southern California to eat Caribbean food.
We quickly noticed that all of our dishes had no flavor. It completely lacked the trademark spices that make Cuban and Puerto Rican food so special.
The chicken was so dry, our friend could not eat it. My wife made the statement that the Cuban sandwiches are better at the Cheesecake Factory. After a half hour after having eaten the lechon, my stomach became bloated, nauseous, and I felt light-headed.
To top it all off, the restroom floor was covered in urine. I was still hopeful and wanted to try a Mojito, but everyone in the party stated the same thing: "If the food is this bad, you certainly DO NOT want to try a Mojito."
Sorry guys, I'm just keeping it real.
Great Service. What a wonderful Cuban restaurant! I was dragged out on a night when I wasn't really feeling it & ended up having a blast. Probably partly due to the fact that Havana Mania makes a delicious mojito - either way, great food and atmosphere.
Best Cuban Restaurant in LA!.
A top Cuban restaurant in Redondo Beach, this place is regularly packed during lunch and dinner. Havana Mania has become a highly popular Redondo Beach dining spot due to its amazing Cuban cuisine, fine cocktails and warm atmosphere. Needless to say, it's well worth the wait to experience a famous Havana Mania roasted pork or the Filete de Pollo con Hongos (Chicken Breast filet with Mushroom) and deep-fried plantains. Havana Mania delivers a fun, exciting and delicious Cuban dining experience in Redono Beach.
They have Live music on weekend and checkout their Happy Hour, they must have at least 15 or 20 different flavor mojitos and appetizers. This place is the Best!!!!
Below Average dining & Expirience.
I live in the area and have visited Havana mania several times, I can honestly say that the taste of the food is not consitant. The only delicious entree I've had was the chicken with Mushrooms out of the classis Cuban chicken, Cuban steak, arroz con pollo, ECT. All of these were all a disappointment. Very dry and lacking flavour. I grew up with home made Cuban food and I know it?s hard for restaurants to compare to that but the food has consistently been below standards. I've read other reviews of how this is family owned & operated which confuses me as the food and the services is bad.
What makes everything even worse is the VERY BAD SERVICE. The servers are PLAIN BAD; they are not cordial nor helpful. We have to remind them for re-fills and have not taken care of mistakes with food or check mistakes in the proper way. Again, it?s just bad; the service doe not feel welcoming
So why do I keep coming back?.......... Well I love Cuban food and this is the closest Cuban restaurant in town. I expect bad service going to the restaurant and hope for the best. Last night our service was good which was surprising but the food was the worst I have experienced (even the chicken w/ mushrooms was bad, I rejected the food) their mojitos are good, Not the best in town as they like to say but good. The restaurant is also comfortable and nicely appointed (except for the bar, it is directly by the entrance and very unpersonal) I hope the owners who do seem to be present standing around the restaurant to get the point & do something.
Delicious Cuban food. Very similar in menu to Versailles if you have ever been there. The food is well proportioned and moderately priced. I've been here several times and enjoy many plates. The classic arroz con pollo is one of my favorites. Not a fine dining establishment but a nice eating experience nonetheless.
Recommended for OX TAIL only: that is if you like ox tail!. We have been going to Havana Mania for years now and I have to say, the service has been consistently FLAWED. We don't go there for their service but for their Cuban style Oxtail dish and maybe the appetizer sampler. That's pretty much it! Occasionally, I like to have to a drink there and you can't really mess up a Cuban Mojito, so I would say that's a safe bet. The last time my friends and I were there (which was 3 days ago), we got the staple Sampler, Cuban Chicken, Oxtail, and a Halibut dish. Both chicken plates came as the same dish and way overcooked - with no apologies! We kindly asked for the Halibut that we ordered and it came 15 minutes later, as overcooked and rubbery. We said no more, paid the bill and left knowing that the next time we go there, we can only get the Oxtail plate b/c it is marinated for a long time and always comes out tasting great. MENTAL NOTE: Havana Mania tests my patience w/ their flawed service & food woes. There might be ONE more time I will go there. But w/out improvements, I will make it a point to make my own Oxtail dish and tell friends to come to my house for dinner. I hope you guys are improving as you read this!
Killer Happy Hour. This place is the best, especially at happy hour when you can get a $3 really good mojito. The pork is amazing and any appetizer with yuca is delicious. The staff is personable and really fun and you can pretty much always get a table no matter what time.
Pretty good with some flaws. Well, there were a lot of mixed comments in the previous reviews I read, but most said the food was good, the major problem was service. I went on a Wednesday at about 7:30PM.. The place still had a pretty good crowd, but was not full so I didn't have to wait for a table. Actually, my service was very good. I was seated, had a drink, had some bread and placed my order within about 10 minutes after arriving. My food arrived promptly, the waiter kept tabs on me, all was good. The food had very good flavor, my only complaint was that the meat I had was a little tough and dry. Very good setting though, for business or a date (although not an intimate setting). I eat out a lot and this place was pretty good overall.
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